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Toddler gravely injured in apparent road rage shooting

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A 21-month-old boy is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head while traveling in a car on Lake Shore Drive.

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RAVI BAICHWAL: Judy, this is a heartbreaking story. Of course it is for everyone, especially parents. This child right now in the hospital behind me on a ventilator, suffering a grave brain injury. And the next 24 to 48 hours will really tell the tale about how this child is able to survive.

- Several shots fired on Lakeshore Drive.

- We're hearing that a baby's shot.

RAVI BAICHWAL: Chicago's latest outrageous road rage incident has victimized a baby, a boy just shy of two years of age, shot in the right temple during an incident on Lakeshore Drive just past 11:00 o'clock this morning.

MARCELO MALAKOOTI: He's currently requiring full ICU support, so he's requiring a ventilator. And we're just ensuring that we can treat him through these injuries to the best of our ability.

RAVI BAICHWAL: The Chicago police say gunfire erupted perhaps over a traffic issue northbound between the 1,100 and 900 block of South Lakeshore Drive. Multiple shell casings were recovered. The victim subsequently crashed near Monroe. A good Samaritan, who witnessed the incident, scooped up a person and the baby and got them to Northwestern Hospital. Officials then transferred the baby to Lurie Children's.

MARCELO MALAKOOTI: A good Samaritan is bringing them and can get them to the hospital quickly. With any type of head injury, time is certainly of the essence.

RAVI BAICHWAL: An upset mayor says the police know the suspects behind the shootings.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: It's mind-boggling to me that people carry guns in a way that they do, that they use them in the way that they do, and they use them in that way when children are in the immediate proximity.

RAVI BAICHWAL: And, as extended family of the baby await developments, community activists are offering a $5,000 reward for even more information that leads to an arrest.

JA'MAL GREEN: Here in Chicago, folks every single day are walking around trying to dodge bullets in hopes that they can survive a nice day like today.

RAVI BAICHWAL: And through this afternoon, members of the extended family of that baby have been around the hospital. We approached them for a comment. They simply shook their heads, and they were speechless at the tragedy that has befallen them. Reporting live downtown, Ravi Baichwal, ABC7, Eyewitness News. Back to you.